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Nearly 70% of Physicians Suffering Stress Related to Health IT Use

December 6, 2018 - Almost 70 percent of physicians who use EHR technology during patient care delivery have experienced stress as a result of the demands of health IT use, according to a recent JAMIA study. Health IT-related stress can contribute to physician burnout, which may negatively affect physicians’ mental health and limit clinicians’ ability to provide high-quality patient care. To...


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CMS Correcting Errors in 2017 MIPS Final Score Calculations

by Kate Monica

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by Kate Monica

While launching a new EHR implementation may help to reduce hospital spending in the long run, new research suggests labor costs may actually increase for up to six months after healthcare organizations go live with a new system. A...

EHR Design, Interoperability Top List of Physician Pain Points

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR design and interoperability are primary causes of physician dissatisfaction, according to a September 2018 survey of America’s Physicians by the Physician’s Foundation. The Physician’s Foundation and...

CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

A newly-released CMS proposed rule removes unnecessary Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities in an effort to reduce administrative burden on providers and fulfill the aims of the federal agency’s Patients Over...

EHRs, Health IT May Not Contribute to Early Physician Retirements

by Kate Monica

EHR technology may not be driving physicians to quit practicing medicine, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. The researchers found no correlation between EHR adoption and physician retirement, contradicting the...

Researchers Doubt Clinical Efficiency, Effectiveness of PDMP Use

by Kate Monica

A team of researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center determined prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use negatively affects clinical efficiency without offering much benefit as a tool for reducing opioid prescribing for...

Red Tape Relief Project to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

The Committee on Ways & Means reiterated the importance of stakeholder collaboration to further the aims of the Medicare Red Tape Relief project designed to reduce administrative burden associated with federal regulations. This...

EHR System, Physician Burnout Contributed to Problems at ME Hospital

by Kate Monica

Executives at Central Maine Healthcare have been struggling to reduce high rates of physician burnout with 80 of the health system’s 300 employees leaving in the past fiscal year partly because of dissatisfaction with its EHR...

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

by Kate Monica

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by Kate Monica

Rates of EHR adoption and physician burnout have both steadily risen nationwide in recent years — and research shows that’s no coincidence. Healthcare CEOs in 2017 identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor to the...

How MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

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CMS Administrator Seema Verma Pledges to Cut Provider Burden

by Kate Monica

In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut...

Supporting the Independent Practice in a Value-Based Care System

by Kate Monica

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Physician Burnout Rates Remain Low in Small, Independent Practices

by Kate Monica

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Voice Recognition Accuracy Lacking in EHR Clinical Documentation

by Kate Monica

EHR clinical documentation generated through voice recognition software may be error-prone, according to a recent JAMA study. In the study, Zhou, MD, et al. aimed to identify and analyze errors at each stage of the voice...

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by Kate Monica

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by Kate Monica

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by Kate Monica

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AMA Adopts Policy to Expand EHR Use Training in Med Schools

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